LA2050 Grants Challenge applications are open now through June 28th, 2024.
2023 Grants Challenge

Enriching Lives Through Dance and Art

Our non-profit organization is dedicated to empowering under-served youth in the Los Angeles area through free and affordable dance and art programs. Through this grant, we aim to expand our reach and impact by providing access to high-quality dance/art education, fostering creativity, self-expression, and personal development in a safe and inclusive environment. By removing financial barriers, we seek to empower the next generation of artists, nurturing their potential and enriching our community through the transformative power of the arts.


What is the primary issue area that your application will impact?

Income Inequality

In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

Central LA

South LA

West LA

South Bay

In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Expand existing project, program, or initiative

What is your understanding of the issue that you are seeking to address?

We understand that under-served youth in LA face limited access to quality dance and art due to financial constraints, perpetuating inequities and depriving them of creative exploration and valuable skills. By bridging the opportunity gap, we empower disadvantaged youth, promote inclusivity, diversity, and artistic expression as crucial for personal growth and community development. Breaking financial barriers, we aim to disrupt inequity, create upward mobility, and build an inclusive society where talent thrives, enabling confident, creative, socially conscious individuals to shape a brighter future.

Describe the project, program, or initiative this grant will support to address the issue.

Our program and projects directly address the issue of limited access to quality dance and art programs for under-served youth in the Los Angeles area. By providing dance/art classes focused on urban art forms such as Hip Hop, Breakdance, and more we aim to bridge the opportunity gap and address the cultural preferences and interests of the youth we serve. Our passionate instructors provide high-quality training and mentorship, ensuring that participants receive comprehensive instruction and guidance. We believe that by offering art forms rooted in urban culture, we not only provide artistic skills but also connect with the cultural identities of the youth we serve, fostering a sense of pride and belonging. Also going beyond the technical aspects of dance and art. We incorporate elements of mentorship, character development, and life skills training into our classes. Through these additional components, we aim to instill values such as teamwork, discipline, perseverance, and self-confidence. We focus on affordability, making it accessible to families who may face financial constraints. This grant will enable us to continue offering these classes free of charge or at significantly reduced rates, removing the financial barrier that often limits access to quality arts education. We ensure that talented individuals are not held back by economic circumstances and that all youth, regardless of their background, have the opportunity to explore their creative passions.

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

If our work is successful, Los Angeles County will experience a transformative change. Our vision is to create a community where under-served youth have equal access to high-quality dance and art education, regardless of their economic background. We intend to empower and inspire these youth, nurturing their creative potential and providing them with valuable skills that they can take into their mature age. Helping to cultivate future leaders in art, business, politics, and more that are trained in not only creativity but confidence, teamwork, problem solving, kindness and more. Through our program's success, we aim to foster a more loving, diverse, and culturally vibrant society, breaking the cycle of inequity. In the long term, we envision scaling our initiatives to reach more under-served communities, expanding our impact and creating a lasting legacy of artistic empowerment throughout Los Angeles County.

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

To measure the impact of our program, we utilize a multi-faceted approach. We assess participant feedback through surveys and testimonials, tracking their progress, skill development, and personal growth over time. We also monitor attendance rates and retention to gauge program engagement and satisfaction. Additionally, we collect qualitative data, including success stories and anecdotes, highlighting the positive changes our program has brought to participants' lives. Through these evaluation methods, we have gathered substantial evidence of our program's effectiveness in addressing the identified problem by providing under-served youth with access to quality dance and art education, fostering skill acquisition, self-expression, and personal development.

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

Direct Impact: 320

Indirect Impact: 1,300